This past weekend marks the beginning of the 6 week countdown until we start lambing. There is a lot to get done before our barn will be ready for bouncing lambs. The first item is the gather the ewes, check their health, hooves, weight gain and give them their yearly vaccinations. The vaccinations help prevent a number of diseases including tetanus, and giving the shots now allows antibodies to build up in the colostrum to be passed to the lambs during their first feeding shortly after birth.
This past Sunday the weather warmed from below 0 to the mid-40s, giving us a peep at spring, and little break from frozen winter chores.